Under The Sign Of Modernity
Art Decó Earrings With Diamonds In Platinum, Circa 1930
Do you know F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Berenice Bobs Her Hair" from 1920? The story is about a young girl who shocks her peers with the idea that, yes, she could bob her hair. Then, when she is urged to actually do it, she faces the prospect of drastic repercussions to her social status. There is more than a grain of truth in Fitzgerald's story, for in fact cutting long hair was tantamount to a scandalous departure from traditional femininity, and many salons even refused to perform the procedure. What the story has to do with these earrings? It was the bobbed haircuts of the 1920s that made the long earring an indispensable accessory, as it drew attention to the hairstyle, which was as elegant as it was emancipated. While Asta Nielsen still shocked the Weimar Republic with her bob in 1921, by the middle of the decade it had already ascended to the fashion Olympus - and with it the earrings. In 1926, the German fashion magazine "Die Dame" reported that there were two types of bob, a very angular one and a softer, marcelled one: "The new jewellery effectively supports both endeavors. Elegant women currently love to wear long earrings" (Die Dame - Ein deutsches Journal für den verwöhnten Geschmack, September 1926). Such a lady will once have noticed these earrings - perhaps in the shop window of a jeweler, perhaps when she was already sitting among sparkling offers in the sales room. The earrings are designed as long pendulums. Light then drips softly down from a square top, radical in its simple geometry. More and more diamonds follow one another until the design culminates in one large old-cut diamond in each. The flow of light divides around it to the right and left, to emanate below in all directions like the rays of a cool sun. The diamonds, totaling about 2.36 ct, are set in luxurious platinum, the most expensive precious metal at the time - it was only the platinum discoveries of 1924 in the South African Transvaal that paved the way for solid platinum jewelry again, after the deposits from the Urals fell away after the October Revolution. The workmanship is just as luxurious as the choice of metal, as the earrings are divided into links that are flexibly connected to each other, so that they are comfortable to wear despite their size and swing elegantly on the ear. A perfectly preserved, strikingly beautiful pair of earrings that embodies the modern Art Deco zeitgeist in every way.
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